I was contemplating the Rolls Royce automobile. It seems that almost every single older example I've encountered for sale has very low mileage--say, a 1970s one has 80,000, and so on. You also don't see Rolls Royce vehicles on the road that often either even though older examples are not even expensive. To me, this seems pointless. One buys a rather expensive car new and is afraid to drive it. I feel this is an issue of image as Rolls Royce has a certain kind of international symbolism that may or may not be positive--it says arrogance, self-indulgence and Imperialism in a kind of way that other brands can't really compare. I think it's rather inane not to drive a car simply because of some perceived identity. Certainly, Mercedes-Benz is not some totem of austerity and yet many people do not have issues driving their Benz vehicles. In fact, the appeal of something like Rolls Royce or Mercedes-Benz is in their inherent showiness, which is reflected in the design. I also think Bentley is the vehicle of choice for people who are afraid of driving Rolls Royces. Saying the modern Bentleys are sporty is just an excuse; luxury British cars are not sporty.
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9/23/08 at 10:37pm